Founders Award given for extraordinary commitment to helping King County families triumph over trauma
CONTACT: Ramona Hattendorf
Communications Manager, Wellspring Family Services
“I think we all hope to make a difference. My inspiration comes from seeing so many of the opportunities that surround us every moment, and being dissatisfied with the way things are,” Mr. Wagner said recently after receiving the award.
Mr. Wagner served nine years on Wellspring Family Services’ board of directors, helping us build our first center and expand our services. Last year, Wellspring served 4,000-plus children and families. With the support of Mr. Wagner and volunteers like him we are able to help homeless families move through crisis. We offer housing stabilization services; a free store for basic needs; specialized early learning for children who have experienced crisis; domestic violence intervention; and parent-child counseling services.
Last year, Mr. Wagner and champions like him helped us add a fifth classroom to our early learning center, so that more families have access to workshops to help strengthen parenting skills, and more children and have access to a therapist to help them develop resiliency.
“Wellspring has surrounded itself with people who do things, not just talk about things that need doing,” Mr. Wagner said. “It’s impossible to not be deeply touched by our work: The smiles on the faces of kids, the thankfulness of the mothers in the boutique, the tears in the eyes of our luncheon guests, the confessions and forgiveness of DV Dads. These, and thousands of similar moments, remind me of how blessed I am.”
You can learn more about Wellspring Family Services at http://wellspringfs.org/.
Also honored: 2015 Wellspring Community Awards
OUR MISSION: Build emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families and a nonviolent community in which they can thrive.